Well hello there, Wednesday! It’s officially Week Three of the One Room Challenge. This is about the time in the challenge when I start freaking out, counting all of the things that I haven’t done that still need to be done. It’s also the messiest week- construction projects are halfway done, primer is drying and ready for paint, lightbulbs are hanging from the ceiling, there’s paint on the dog…does that paint a pretty picture? If you’re just catching up now, here’s a look back at the first two weeks:
Last week, I left you with a half built fireplace and a giant pile of molding. We talked as many projects as we could this past week, but we still have plenty left to do. Today, I’m going to share our progress, mainly with the molding.
I worked with Metrie to tackle these projects, and they have been so helpful and amazing. Since our apartment is small has lots of little weird details, I wanted to bring back a little of the “Old World” feel of the building by adding architectural details throughout the space. And since we’re working with some of the existing pieces in the space (like the built-ins), I had to really think outside of the box when it came to utilizing and implementing my design. Here’s a list of the molding projects I wanted to tackle for this project:
- Add Parisian-style architectural molding to the walls
- Swap out our old squeaky bedroom door (which is attached to the living room) with a pretty new one
- Frame out the mirror wall
- Add crown molding to the tops of the bookcases
First, we wanted to frame out rectangular boxes on the walls to add some depth and dimension to the space. We chose the long wall as our focal wall, as that is where we installed the fireplace. So, we taped off approximately where we wanted the molding to go. I decided to go with this 1 1/8 inch solid pine panel mould for the walls- and was thrilled to see it in person!
Side note: can we just talk about how difficult it is to do any construction projects in a 750 sq. ft. one bedroom apartment? Don’t judge me, but this is what I’m living with at the moment:
Okay, cool- thanks for not judging. Back to the tape:
Since we are only putting the wall molding in the “living space”, we really only had two walls to wrap it around. Installation was super simple and easy.
Okay, if you weren’t judging me before, you sure as hell are now, right? It’s okay, I’m judging me, too. We quickly moved on from the wall molding to the mirror molding, which I had decided was either my most brilliant idea or the one I would come to dread the most. It turned out to be a bit of both. Here’s a refresher on our 80s barre studio mirror wall:
I had an idea in my head that I couldn’t explain very well, so I decided to tape if out on the mirror. Halfway through, I ran out of tape and used a dry erase marker to illustrate what I had in mind. #classyandpractical
You don’t have to look very closely to see me, sporting my “this is Week Three of the ORC and my hair is 80% dry shampoo and I’m wearing my painting leggings” look. My goal was to frame out the mirror so that in the end, it looked like inset paneling- like someone had purposefully installed mirrors behind a wall of paneling instead of the other way around.
I decided to use a combination of 3 1/2 inch MDF flat stock and 9/16 inch cove moulding to create the paneled look. What I didn’t realize, however, is that the flat stock pieces had a slightly beveled edge, making it hard to butt the pieces up against each other so that they would be flush.
So, we improvised and flipped each pieces of flat stock around, gluing the front side to the mirror instead.
This meant that I would have to prime the pieces, since we essentially glued the primed part of the MDF to the mirror itself, but it was worth it to make it flush. We started at the bottom, gluing each piece with heavy duty construction adhesive for mirrors. We built upwards, giving the whole thing a sturdy base to work off of so that it would support itself.
Once we had all of the pieces glued to the mirror, we made the cuts for the cove molding so that each section looked like an inset panel.
I just finished caulking and priming the entire wall last night, so I’m hoping to have the whole thing painted by next week! I also had my contractors come by yesterday to finish up a few things for me- he was able to install the light fixture from ATG Stores, along with a ceiling medallion I installed on Monday. I mis-read the dimensions in the description, and the drop was actually too long. So, he cut about 10 inches out of the pipe and pieced it back together so it’s at the perfect height. This mistake was actually a good thing, as the fixture sits at a much better height than I even thought it was going to!
He was also able to install our stunning new door, which I’m in love with.
He also wired and hung our TV, as well as wired a spot for a pair of sconces on either side- no easy feat given that the walls are concrete and almost 100 years old. Basically, he’s the best and I want him to move in with me. (FYI- I asked and he said no)
SO! Here’s a running list of the projects for the space:
-build and install fireplace -install wall molding -install mirror molding -prime and paint wall molding and mirror molding -install light fixture in living room
-install light fixture in entryway
-paint entry ceiling (in progress!) -install wall mural (in progress!)
-prime and paint built-in bookcases
-install crown molding on said bookcases
-remove and update accent lighting inside bookcases
-frame out cabinet doors on bookcases with molding
-wire for TV and sconces
-tile inside fireplace
-place furniture + hang art
Whew! Hopefully next week there will be a lot more checked off that list. It’s all downhill from here, right?!
A big thanks to Linda for hosting! Check out the other designers sharing their updates today as well, and check back on Thursday to see the hundreds of others who link up!